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Beijing Smog Is So Bad That The Only Way To See The Sunrise Is On Tiananmen Square TVs
Jan 17, 2014 14:45 PM E
The smog in Beijing is so bad this winter that the sunrise, completely obscured from sight, is being shown on LED screens in Tiananmen Square. PM 2.5 pollution levels hit as high as 671 yesterday morning, which is roughly 25 times as dangerous as what the World Health Organization considers safe. The mayor of Beijing has proposed a number of measures to reduce coal use and air pollution.
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The Science Of Selfies: Why Are We Obsessed With Our Self Image?
Jan 17, 2014 12:10 PM E
The logic behind our obsessive tendency to take selfies is all about our self-image: continue to snap our own photos until we get an image that we think we look like.
Cloned Pigs
China Cloning Pigs On 'Industrial Scale' To Test Medicines And Treatments
Jan 14, 2014 14:17 PM E
China is cloning pigs so rapidly that BBC science editor David Shukman, in a new report from Shenzhen, called it "an industrialization of cloning technique."
Alexander the Great
Alexander The Great Could Have Died From Toxic Wine; Ancient Ruler May Have Been Poisoned By Little White Flower
Jan 11, 2014 12:36 PM E
Historians have long assumed Alexander the Great died from typhoid fever or malaria. But there might be a more sinister explanation: that he was poisoned by the toxic wine of a little white flower.
By Invitation Only
Gender Gap Among Scientists Could Be Fixed By Having More Women Organize Conferences
Jan 07, 2014 16:55 PM E
Women scientists are more likely to be asked to present their findings by female conference organizers than by male organizers.
This Guy Doesn't Stand a Chance
Perfect Online Dating Profile: For Your Photo, Go Full Body Or Go Home
Jan 03, 2014 10:17 AM E
The perfect online dating profile is short and the photo to go with it should be shot indoors — if you are a woman. If you are a man, take the photo outside.
Cuttlefish Ink
Edible Batteries Made From Cuttlefish Ink Could Solve Power Problem For Medical Devices
Dec 27, 2013 11:52 AM E
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University believe the pigment in cuttlefish ink ashas "the right chemistry and nanostructure to power tiny electronic devices," the institution said.
National Institutes of Health Research
20 NIH Scientists Chosen by President Obama For Early Career Awards
Dec 26, 2013 10:21 AM E
Twenty scientists from the National Institutes of Health whose work ranges from testing flourescently labeled probes for imaging during surgery to studying environmental risks in Autism Spectrum Disorder have been chosen as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Chelyabinsk
Top 10 Science Stories Of 2013: From Drone Delivery To Exploding Meteors
Dec 24, 2013 12:00 PM E
The International Science Times has gotten together and created the top 10 science stories of 2013, a snapshot of the current state of research, health, and design.
trepanation
Wari Healers In Peru Experimented With Brain Surgery Over 1,000 Years Ago
Dec 23, 2013 11:53 AM E
The Wari civilization in Peru experimented with trepanning, according to the research from the University of California. Thirty-two Wari individuals showed 45 instances of the brain surgery. The study, "Trepanation in South-Central Peru during the early late intermediate period (ca. AD 1000–1250)," was led by Danielle Kurin.
Men Drink More Than Women When Stressed
Why Do Men Drink Up To Four Times More When Stressed? It Could Be A Lack Of Self-Control
Dec 22, 2013 10:49 AM E
Men tend to drink more than women when they are stressed due a natural tendency, researchers in the Netherlands found in a new study. One promising finding is that stressed-out men cut their alcohol consumption in half when they kept track of how much they drank.
neanderthal
Hyoid Bone In Neanderthals' Necks Suggests That They Could Speak Like Humans
Dec 20, 2013 16:09 PM E
Neanderthals may have been able to speak like modern humans, according to a study published this week in PLoS One. The research hinges on the presence of the hyoid bone, a structure in the neck that supports the tongue and allows for speech.
DNA
IBM Predicts Smart Computers Will Crunch Our DNA To Keep Us Healthy
Dec 18, 2013 15:34 PM E
IBM predicts that faster computers will use their newfound abilities to learn more about us — right down to our DNA. "In five years," IBM says, "doctors will routinely use your DNA to keep you well."
Facepalm
The 9 Most Pointless Scientific Studies of 2013, Plus Some That Were Just Plain Wrong
Dec 18, 2013 14:44 PM E
From a study that proved that students were bored in class, to one that showed that coffee-drinking was associated with a lower suicide rate, research ran the gamut of idiocy this past year.
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